I've read lots of blogs in the last few years. Mainly bookish ones and one thing that seems to get mentioned a lot is quotes and highlighting/underlining them. Honestly I never used to write in books (at least after a certain age when I grew big enough to realize mom didn't appreciate it and I could get in trouble).
(Potentially even get in trouble from dad. And his head thumps were way worse than mom's disappointed look. But that's neither here nor there.)
Yet I read a great many bloggers who spoke of writing and underlining in their books. The first couple times I read it, I remember thinking that was interesting, but I couldn't see myself doing it. Why would you want to mark up your book that way?
Well.....HA to that! Because do you know what happened? (Come on. I know you know. You know I know you know. I know you know I know you know and....oh forget it.)
ANYWAYS, what actually happened was I got a Kindle. And if you have one, you probably know what I'm about to say. It has this handy-dandy little feature called highlight (I know, original). My point being is that I now had the awesome capabilities of highlighting words and phrases and paragraphs (and sometimes whole chapters!) in my stories.
I LOVE IT!
Now granted, I don't highlight every single thing.(Truth!) But it is so much fun to read a certain sentence, fall in love with it, and highlight it for easy reference. For even easier reference, it also stores all my highlights in a separate file. So when I desire to find a certain quote, which I know I've highlighted, I can go to My Clippings and easily find it! Cool huh? I think so.
But perhaps you don't think so? I admit I still don't do much writing in my real books, but it does happen occasionally. My Kindle has corrupted me! Oh the horror!
(Also I find it really fascinating that it will store quotes even if the book is no longer on my Kindle. I figured if the book was deleted, the quote would be too. But nope, still there.)
So what about you? Do you highlight or underline or just generally write in your books? Or is that a big, huge NO to you? A hideous travesty that must remain nameless as if it doesn't exist?
Perhaps you're like me and use it on your ereader? (This is me assuming other ereaders have the same ability as the Kindle. Or at least something pretty similar.) What say you gentle readers? Want to weigh in and tell me what you think?
Pretty please? I'm so terribly curious!
Regardless, I though I'd leave you with a quote I've highlighted (naturally) which kind of expresses how I felt the first few times I highlighted anything in one my books. :)
"Wobbly as I was, I felt ready for anything-in a tentative, baby-steps kind of way." ~Alyssa Goodnight